Saturday, March 14, 2009
Lynx critical habitat
Lynx are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. In late February, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated 39,000 square miles of forest in six states as critical habitat for the species. That includes 1,836 square miles in Chelan and Okanogan counties — all on federal land in the North Cascades. This critical habitat apparently includes the many valleys and lower elevations in the same swath of land where lynx don't actually live, but which they may need to travel to get to new habitat.